adjective usu·al \ˈyü-zhə-wəl, -zhəl; ˈyüzh-wəl\

Definition of usual

  1. 1 :  accordant with usage, custom, or habit :  normal

  2. 2 :  commonly or ordinarily used followed his usual route

  3. 3 :  found in ordinary practice or in the ordinary course of events :  ordinary


play \ˈyü-zhə-wə-lē, -zhə-lē; ˈyüzh-wə-lē, ˈyüzh-lē\ adverb


play \ˈyü-zhə-wəl-nəs, -zhəl-; ˈyüzh-wəl-\ noun

as usual

  1. :  in the accustomed or habitual way as usual they were late

Examples of usual in a Sentence

  1. She charges less than the usual fee.

  2. He took his usual route to work.

  3. the usual method for preparing chili

  4. She is not my usual doctor.

  5. It's usual to charge a fee for delivery.

  6. It's not usual for him to get home so late.

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Origin and Etymology of usual

Middle English, from Anglo-French usuel, from Late Latin usualis, from Latin usus use

Synonym Discussion of usual

usual, customary, habitual, wonted, accustomed mean familiar through frequent or regular repetition. usual stresses the absence of strangeness or unexpectedness. my usual order for lunch customary applies to what accords with the practices, conventions, or usages of an individual or community. the customary waiting period before the application is approved habitual suggests a practice settled or established by much repetition. a habitual morning routine wonted stresses habituation but usually applies to what is favored, sought, or purposefully cultivated. his wonted determination accustomed is less emphatic than wonted or habitual in suggesting fixed habit or invariable custom. accepted the compliment with her accustomed modesty



noun usu·al

Definition of usual

  1. :  something usual

First Known Use of usual


USUAL Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of usual for English Language Learners

  • : done, found, or used most of the time or in most cases : normal or regular

USUAL Defined for Kids


adjective usu·al \ˈyü-zhə-wəl\

Definition of usual for Students

  1. :  done, found, used, or existing most of the time This is the usual state of the house.



Word Root of usual

The Latin word ūtī, meaning “to use,” “to possess,” or “to enjoy,” and its form ūsus give us the roots ut and us. Words from the Latin ūtī have something to do with use. To use is to possess and enjoy. To abuse is to use something incorrectly or unfairly. Anything usual is commonly used by many people. A utensil is a tool that is used for a particular purpose, especially for eating or cooking.

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